Former British No.1 Draws Parallel Between Emma Raducanu and Venus and Serena Williams

Published 10/30/2021, 10:30 AM EDT
Sep 11, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Emma Raducanu of Great Britain celebrates after her match against Leylah Fernandez of Canada (not pictured) in the women’s singles final on day thirteen of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports


US Open 2021 champion Emma Raducanu recently lost to Marta Kostyuk in the second round of the Transylvania Open 2021. The final scoreline of the match was 6-2, 6-1. Even though she suffered a defeat at the tournament, she still has more wins than many other big players in the 2021 season including Serena Williams.

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With her recent defeat, Emma Raducanu has reduced her chances of qualifying for the WTA Finals 2021. It will be intriguing to see how she performs in the her next tournament.

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Annabel Croft compares Emma Raducanu to Venus and Serena Williams

While commentating during Raducanu’s recent match against Kostyuk, former British No.1 Annabel Croft drew a parallel between her and Venus and Serena Williams. She pointed out that just like the Williams’ sisters, Raducanu too didn’t play any junior tournaments but has been playing brilliantly on the court at such a young age.

Serena Williams is congratulated by her sister and opponent Venus Williams following their ladies singles third round match. Day Five of the 2018 US Open at the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

“She sort of has memories of how Richard Williams brought his two Williams sisters, Venus and Serena, onto tour. Because they didn’t really play junior tournaments, did they? And they did everything differently, not by the book,” said Croft during the commentary.

Croft believes that unlike other players, Raducanu doesn’t play by the book and that is something which makes her a special player.

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Annabel Croft praises the parents of Raducanu

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While speaking during the same match, Croft also recognised the contribution Raducanu’s parents. In a way, she saluted both of them for helping their daughter to maintain a balance between sports and her academics.

Sep 11, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Emma Raducanu of Great Britain celebrates with the championship trophy after her match against Leylah Fernandez of Canada (not pictured) in the women’s singles final on day thirteen of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

“It tears up what you’re meant to do to bring on a professional tennis player. And the fact that both parents were very keen that Emma finished her studies, and we all know she did so well in her A Levels with economics and maths and what have you,” added the former British No.1 player.

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As of now, nobody is sure about the next tournament where Emma Raducanu will feature after her Transylvania Open exit. Will she be able to end her 2021 season on a high?

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Anshul Singh

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Anshul Singh is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 1000 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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